Abducted Kuriga schoolchildren regain freedom

Gov Uba Sani of Kaduna State.
Gov Uba Sani of Kaduna State.
Abducted Kuriga schoolchildren regain freedom

The abducted Kuriga schoolchildren in Kaduna State have been released by their abductors after about 16 days in captivity.

The state governor, Senator Uba Sani, announced their release on his verified Facebook page in the early hours of Sunday.


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The governor did not go into details of their release, but commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and the Nigerian Army.

He wrote, “In the name of Allah the Beneficient, the Most Merciful, I wish to announce that our Kuriga schoolchildren have been released.

“Our special appreciation goes to our dear President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR for prioritizing the safety and security of Nigerians and particularly ensuring that the abducted Kuriga school children are released unharmed. While the school children were in captivity, I spoke with Mr. President several times. He shared our pains, comforted us and worked round the clock with us to ensure the safe return of the children.

“Special mention must also be made of our dear brother, the National Security Adviser, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu for his exemplary leadership. I spent sleepless nights with Mal. Ribadu fine tuning strategies and coordinating the operations of the security agencies, which eventually resulted in this successful outcome.

“The Nigerian Army also deserves special commendation for showing that with courage, determination and commitment, criminal elements can be degraded and security restored in our communities.

“We also thank all Nigerians who prayed fervently for the safe return of the school children. This is indeed a day of joy. We give Almighty Allah all the glory.”

Bandits had invaded LEA Primary School Kuriga and Junior Secondary School, Kuriga town, in Chikun Local Government Area of the state around 8:am on March 7 and abducted students including a principal, Abubakar Isah.

Although it was initially reported that 287 schoolchildren were abducted, official sources told Daily Trust the actual number was 138 and one of the victims died in captivity.

It was learnt that the remaining 137 victims released by bandits had been taken to hospitals for medical attention.

The abduction, which happened immediately after the assembly briefing, caused uproar across the country.

The abductors were reported to have demanded N1bn from the family to release the children, but both the state and federal governments insisted that no ransom would be paid.

President Tinubu had urged the military and other security agencies to do whatever it takes to rescue the children.

Daily Trust cannot immediately ascertain if a ransom was eventually paid or not.


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